The Merchant Marine in WWII Is Topic in Beach Haven

Feb 21, 2018

“From Ordinary to Extraordinary: The Merchant Mariner’s Heroic Role in WWII’s Battle for the Atlantic” is the topic for the next lecture planned by the New Jersey Maritime Museum on Friday, March 2, 7 p.m. at Buckalew’s Restaurant and Tavern in Beach Haven.

Reservations are required along with a $10 donation to offset expenses. A buffet is provided during the hour preceding the program.

Guest speakers are Joe Mazraani and Jennifer Sellitti. Mazraani owns and operates the dive vessel Tenacious and Sellitti is a crew member.

Growing up in Lebanon, Mazraani immigrated to the United States at age 15 and became a certified diver in the mid-90s. He began diving at sunken wrecks off the Northeast U.S. coast and instantly developed an intense interest with exploring the sunken hulks that litter the approaches to New York Harbor.

A criminal defense attorney by trade, he holds an open-circuit Trimix certification and was recently certified as a closed circuit diver. He is also a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain.

Sellitti manages a number of topside operations during dive trips. She also does historical research on the wrecks visited by Tenacious. She dives to locate and research wrecks that are the subject of new projects for the team. In addition, Sellitti develops and delivers presentations on Tenacious projects, with the goal of helping members of the public understand the historical significance and importance of wreck diving in the North Atlantic.

For a reservation, call the museum at 609-492-0202 or email the museum at info@NJMartimeMuseum.org. —E.E.

 

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